Cop Who Beat 62-Yr-Old Handcuffed Man to Death Gets 19 Months.. of House Arrest


Roy Barnhart leaves behind his wife, son and grandson.


FRANKLIN COUNTY — Officer Bill McKinney has agreed to a plea deal and will serve a shockingly light sentence after the beating death of Roy Barnhart, according to reports.

Roy Barnhart was a 62-yr-old man whom Officer McKinney arrested in July.

Even though Roy Barnhart was elderly and restrained by handcuffs, Officer McKinney began attacking him, pounding his head in while he was on the ground.

Roy Barnhart died in the hospital shortly after the beating, leaving behind his wife and family.

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His wife Sue said, “I’m glad Officer McKinney admitted to the role that he played.”

“It’s been a very long 16 months but now that it’s over, maybe we can get on and heal,” she added.

Officer McKinney was charged with aggravated battery, “involuntary” manslaughter, and official misconduct.

Officer McKinney pleaded guilty only to the official misconduct charge as part of a plea deal that the others would be dropped if he did so. Capture89

The incident began when Barnhart and his neighbors were involved in a dispute.

Nothing became violent until Officer McKinney arrived at the scene to “restore order.”

Barnhart apparently asked the officer to leave, and the two got in a heated argument. Officer McKinney then engaged in an extreme show of brutality.

“The officer pepper-sprayed him until his shirt was wet, then he tased him in the wet t-shirt,” said Louise Lantham, Roy’s ex-wife.

“Roy was on the ground shaking.”

“Officer McKinney started kicking him in the head, kicking him in the ribs, stomping on his hands, stomping on his leg, after he was already down and in handcuffs,” she added.

Then, Barnhart while still in handcuffs was forced to the curb.

When he was down on the curb, Officer McKinney beat him even harder, according to eyewitnesses. “I looked over and the Officer had his fist doubled up and punched him at least twice,” said Lantham.

The beating was so bad that several neighbors, as well as medics from an ambulance that was called, had to literally pull Officer McKinney off of Barnhart, whose body laid limp and in pain, said witnesses.

Barnhart was rushed to a hospital in St. Louis — days later, he died.

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Officer McKinney has been given only 18 months, but those months will not be served in jail.

Only on the weekends will he be required to report to the county jail; for the remainder of the sentence, he’ll get to hang out at home under house arrest.

Roy’s son Eric, devastated over the death of his father, said that Officer McKinney should not be privileged just because he is a police officer.

“They should do him like they would anybody else,” Eric said.

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  • Mitch Mitchell

    This fucking serious? Time to take out the trash. Me thinks.

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      • Mitch Mitchell


  • babyj2118

    This is incredibly upsetting

  • Brian Baldwin


  • Jason O

    The Citizenry need to protest that courthouse and Judge until the National Guard has to come save the Nazi’s from the People.

    • Michael Loflin

      How do protest at a court house when the writer doesn’t even let you know what state it’s in.

      • sumwherestuck

        He was rushed to a hospital in St. Louis…. I think it’s safe to assume they’re on Missouri

      • Momma H

        Franklin County is in TN

    • Momma H

      You’re so right! Voices need to be heard and people need to be seen! They need to be exposed for the Nazism they display! (BTW, love the pic!)

  • James

    2nd degree murder under the color of authority ?

  • julio gonades

    If I were the victims son I would kill this piece of shit cop and his department is a fkng disgrace. All of them involved need deserve a death wish aka Paul Kelsey treatment

  • crapsandwich

    Glad that wasn’t my dad and it didn’t happen to me. I’d be in big trouble

  • Michael Douglas

    That’s Paul KERSEY. I agree 100% with Jason O. The citizens of this community should toss the states attorney out of office as well as the judge that accepted the plea. The douche bag needs to be seen hanging from the Courthouse flag pole.

  • Disqus-ted

    Periodic imprisonment??? W.T.FUCK???????????

  • wikkid

    illegal immigrants and cops get away with murder while we defend our homes and our rites and we get get beaten by the police and thrown in jail sick fuckin world we live in

  • Donald Helsel

    a frikin cop out plea bargain.. for 18 months house.. wtf. Piece of shit DA , there was no need for a damn plea, a jury would have found his ass guilty on all other charges. with or without his admission of guilt. Eyewitness testimony already shows he went way beyond his duty, and murdered that man. just wow

  • AuntySocial

    He would hate it if this were my relative.

  • thiamia

    This is unbelievable. It is the judge’s & DA’s that are going to lead this country into civil unrest. They keep letting these incidents go unpunished or like this sentence…well, it has got to be put in reverse. Apparently , even the judges & DA’s are afraid of these suckers. Who is running what? Condolences to the family. It is a sad state of affairs.

    • dufas_duck

      You have to remember that the DA, the judge, the city fathers are on the same side, and that side is not the side of the citizens…..

  • Matthew Evans

    Somebody needs to stomp that fat motherfuckers guts in….

  • neversuprised

    This man was right up and beaten to death, if any human being in america tried that theyd spend life in jail minimal, how the hell does that make sense, what kind idiot judge thinks this is justice? He obviously isnt competant enought to deserve his position.

  • Patrick Dunbar

    So the cop didn’t need to go to prison….for murder…..with a badge…..sounds like the people should go after the judge, attorney’s, and don’t stop there, get the cops…..this is bull shit….that cop should be lynched….I got some extra rope.

  • Alyssa

    This is why cops have a bad name

  • Shawn PJD

    I’m surprised these families don’t consider hiring a hitman. People these days are starving for money and I’m sure there are enough of them out there who would gladly do it for half cost. Street justice is the only true justice when “the law” breaks the law.

  • andrew

    I definitely would have killed this cop already if it were someone close to me.

  • billjcanada

    In my neighborhood he would have been a very dead cop. I have a lot of respect for police but this guy is nothing but a thug with a badge.

  • Michael Loflin

    This is a sorry written article. Where did this happen Franklin co what. Where. How the hell do these dumb ass writers expect people to help or do any thing when it’s NOT even in the damn article were this happened. What STATE you stupid writer?

    • AlvinBr

      Click on links to the original news stories, dumass.

  • Mark Desade

    Unless you kill someone in self defense, your life should be forfeit and taken also.

  • zante

    This is a terrible thing, but please stop calling a 62 year old man elderly. People of this age are still working, not yet eligible to retire (at full benefits), run marathons, take care of children, etc. I find it a gross example of ageism to call him elderly.

  • Hearseman

    Anybody who takes an oath of honor then breaks that oath should be hung. In this case it’s the DA who is the dirtiest villain.You people need to remember he is your employee, he violated his oath, so you have the right to punish him as you see fit! It’s up to the people to extract final justice.

  • H Steven Mead

    The judge , lawyers and everyone else whom helped this piece of shit get off should be protested in some fashion. I would hope someone in that jail has something to help this Nazi with.

  • Billy Orr

    Cops seem to be bent of committing collective suicide by civilian. What will the bootlickers do when the cops are ‘otherwise disposed’?

  • John Cromwell

    Where’s Dexter when you need him?

  • Mike

    Hopefully someone beats this POS cop to death and leaves him in the gutter, he deserves it!

  • InalienableWrights

    The cop should be getting the death penalty IMHO and all of his assets
    including his house and his police pension should go to the victims

  • James Rooster Pace

    Family sounds like idiots. They can get a federal lawsuit going and bring the cop up on federal charges.

  • G Trieste

    The links on this article aren’t working.
    Here is a link to an original reporting; in that article all they say is the cop slapped the guy hard and that caused a brain bleed, killing him:

  • Mustafa Curtess

    This is my one and only misgiving about Trump. (His stated absolute, unequivocal, and unquestioning, support for “Police and Firefighters”.) Whatever other accomplishments he may achieve toward MAGA – is meaningless unless he can clean up law enforcement and restore the public’s trust in them. I am totally unaware of any systematic and characteristic brutality and lawlessness in the “Firefighter” profession – so I especially resent its good reputation being sacrificed in the attempt to mitigate the misconduct of cops. They serve two entirely different roles in society, and there is no confusion in my mind between the two professions. (Firefighters simply are not known to shoot unarmed victims or beat people to death.)